And what does a retired Lt. General, William Boykin, who worked for the CIA and DHS think? You can’t make this stuff up.
BOYKIN: “Well, I think that’s a very real possibility. And I will be very honest with you- the situation in America could be such that martial law is actually warranted. And that situation, in my view, could occur if we have an economic collapse. Now this is, you know, the dam is just about to break on our economy. And I think that when it does, there’s going to be a major disruption of the distribution of food. And I think what you’ll see particularly in the inner cities is you will see a riot, civil unrest, that ultimately might justify martial law. I think those people that are not in the major cities are going to be far better off. But it could actually justify martial law, and I’m praying that we will not see that kind of collapse, we will not see a disruption of the distribution of food in America- that’s probably the single biggest problem. If people can eat, they can survive for some period of time while we get through the economic crisis and, you know, re-establish currency and systems and all that. But if they can’t eat, you know, they’re going to fight. And that’s my big concern.”
This was not a drill … they used these LRAD sound weapons on the protesters at the G20 meeting in Pittsburgh … this is one such clip of its actual use:
Fusion Centers: the “fusing” together of federal and local law enforcement, including military. This is essentially the federalization of all law enforcement, by fragments over time. We are one crisis away from some quasi-form of martial law.
“The former cybersecurity director at DHS had some sobering words last week about the battle for cybersecurity. ‘We lost,’ the former director, now chief executive officer of NetWitness Corp., said at the Symantec Government Symposium in Washington. ‘We lost the cyber war over the last 15 years. Our computing environment is already compromised,’ and things are likely to get worse going forward because we do not really understand security. ‘We lack any meaningful metrics or measures to say how secure a system is.’ It no longer is true that the best minds are on the side of the hackers. The dark side of cyberspace has been co-opted by organized crime, entrepreneurs of questionable integrity and, possibly, terrorists. Much of the process of illegal hacking has been mechanized to the point that it involves automation, not innovation. Part of the problem was identified by the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team director. ‘We lack a common language for discussing many of the elements of security. We need to reinvent not only how we do incident response, but how we talk about events,’ the director said at the symposium.”
Update: on second thought, it’s probably not nearly as bad as I’m making it out to be in this. You know how sometimes you realize you’ve written something that probably isn’t totally the case? Well, I’ve had some second thoughts about what I’ve written here. I’ll leave it intact though so you can see how sometimes I can get a little too worked up. “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9
“Historically, domestic rightwing extremists have feared, predicted, and anticipated a cataclysmic economic collapse in the United States. Prominent anti-government conspiracy theorists have incorporated aspects of an impending economic collapse to intensify fear and paranoia among like-minded individuals and to attract recruits during times of economic uncertainty. Conspiracy theories involving declarations of martial law, impending civil strife or racial conflict, suspension of the U.S. Constitution, and the creation of citizen detention camps often incorporate aspects of a failed economy. Anti-government conspiracy theories and ‘end times’ prophecies could motivate extremist individuals and groups to stockpile food, ammunition, and weapons. These teachings also have been linked with the radicalization of domestic extremist individuals and groups in the past, such as violent Christian Identity organizations and extremist members of the militia movement.” – Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment, pg. 5